K Y O T O [1/2]

Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a little uninspired and unmotivated to work on anything I need to. I guess you could say I’m suffering from a bit of a “creative block” or burnout. All the projects I’m working on just seem long and boring at the moment. The overwhelming pressure of school assignments has almost shaken me to the point of ignorant bliss and obliviousness – and don’t even get me started on ministry related tasks and passion projects.

One of the ways I’m trying to combat stagnating is by executing ideas that are time friendly and realistically achievable. So despite the fact that I have two assessments due in less than 24 hours and neither of them are close to being complete, I would much rather spend my time procrastinating here than making any valuable progress with my studies. My brain just isn’t handling it so well right now.

At the beginning of 2017, I vacationed to Japan with two amazing people. We had a jam packed schedule for the time we were there and one of the places we had the luxury of visiting was Kyoto (twice!).

On our first day trip there, we visited the Fushimi Inari Taisha, famously known for thousands of bright orange torii gates.

Arriving at the shrine entrance.

Exploring the area before we make our trek.

A stylized map of our journey to be. Super cute!

Lots and lots and lots and lots of orange!

Our little neko friend that we met at a smaller shrine on the way up!

The end of our journey at Fushimi Inari Taisha. Although we didn’t reach the mountaintop, our climb was not wasted as we rested at a beautiful outlook.

This vacation was a pretty long time ago so you may be wondering why I’ve suddenly decided to post about it two and a half years later. There are a few reasons:

  • It only recently occurred to me that there is no mention of this trip on my blog at all. I spent a long time sorting and editing the photos from our few weeks there, so why not? πŸ™‚
  • I’ve learned a lot more about photography since then, so I wanted to remix some old images. I knew it wouldn’t take too long if I used a photo collection that was already culled. It just fit the criteria of what I was looking for – something short and sweet!
  • I’ve seen a few photos of Japan floating around online recently and it made me miss the place!!

I’ll probably be posting more from this vacation in future, but as for now – I’ve got to get a move on with those assignments (or maybe I’ll just sleep, who knows?)…

— Deborah

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